The thing about the US is in the variance. However people who obsess over US policy and think that there is such a thing as the “average American education” without knowing the difference between the expected education levels between social classes and regions, just comes off sounding poorly informed and cocky. Although we are outgrowing this somewhat with the internet, as people who have better access to information are not mentally deficient just ignorant. A lot of these discrepancies existed because many people lacked access to information. That’s changing. Also I did an exchange program in the uk 10years ago. Everyone was an “expert” on the us, but no one understood what was going on. A lot of the Brits were just emoting over what they perceived, I got on better with the Africans in my hall as they were better at understanding complexity. not all the Brits were ignorant, many were quite smart. It was just a polarized environment. People tend to split off into tribes in stressful environments like when I was there in the beginning of the Iraq war. It might say as much about psychology as the education system. Also I confused one of the hipsters. After we both agreed that the American news was propaganda, he didn’t understand why I still read my local news rag ( for details) and didn’t switch to that of the local newspapers although when i had extra money I was perfectly happy to read the British propaganda too. It is just I was getting the American papers online for free. I honestly think it just confuses people in general when I say that I’ve got to read my propaganda sources. No one appreciates the humor.